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EU Opens New Quotas, Reduces Tariffs, in Relation to Wide Array of Products

13 July 2018

On 27 June 2018, two Regulations were published in the EU’s Official Journal which are likely to be of some interest to Hong Kong sellers. One of these opens and provides for the management of autonom...Read More


Member States Agree to Imposition of Provisional Measures in Safeguard Action Targeting Steel Imports

13 July 2018

On 5 July 2018, EU governments are reported to have approved the imposition of provisional safeguard measures on certain steel imports entering the EU market. The European Commission is said to have p...Read More


Newly Expanded Candidate List of Problematic Substances Triggers Reporting and Information Obligations for Some Suppliers

13 July 2018

On 27 June 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that it has updated the EU’s Candidate List by adding 10 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to that List. The Candidate List no...Read More


European Commission Amends List of Substances Permitted in Plastics Coming into Contact with Food

13 July 2018

On 5 June 2018, Commission Regulation 2018/831 was published in the EU’s Official Journal. The new Regulation outlines amendments to Commission Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles int...Read More


Intention Announced to Restrict Placing on the Market of Childcare Articles, Furniture and Textiles Containing Certain Flame Retardant

13 July 2018

On 6 June 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) submitted an intention to restrict three flame retardants in flexible polyurethane (PUR) foams used, among others, in childcare articles and reside...Read More


Three Recent Trademark Cases Covering Electronics, Clothes and Sports Articles Come Under Spotlight

13 July 2018

Hong Kong sellers of a variety of consumer goods, from clothes to electronic items and sports equipment, may be interested in three recent cases regarding trademarks and EU law criteria which must be ...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

13 July 2018

Oxalic acid, whether in dihydrate (CUS number 0028635-1 and CAS number 6153-56-6) or anhydrous form (CUS number 0021238-4 and CAS number 144- 62-7) and whether or not in aqueous solution, currently fa...Read More


Official Journal Summary

13 July 2018

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/949 of 3 July 2018 amending Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 laying down detailed rules for implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 as regards th...Read More


Trump Sends Mixed Messages About US WTO Membership as EU and Mainland China Agree to Spearhead Reform Effort

12 July 2018

The Trump administration continues to send mixed messages about the continued membership of the United States in the World Trade Organisation, a multi-lateral body Washington was instrumental in conce...Read More


Reform of the EU’s Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Legislation Enters into Force

29 June 2018

On 7 June 2018, Regulation 2018/825 was published in the Official Journal, bringing about significant amendments to the EU’s anti-dumping and anti-subsidy legislation. The amendments came into force o...Read More


EU Regulation Imposes Extra Duties on Vast Number of US-origin Goods; Other EU Safeguard Measures on Steel Products Set to Follow

29 June 2018

On 21 June 2018, Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/886 was published in the EU’s Official Journal, putting in place the EU's “rebalancing measures” in response to the US tariffs on steel and alu...Read More


EU Issues Guidance on Surveillance Mechanisms for Steel and Aluminium Imports

29 June 2018

On 12 June 2018, the European Commission published guidelines clarifying how industry participants should comply with the ‘prior surveillance’ regimes which have been imposed on imports of steel and a...Read More


Food Labelling Q&As Published with a View to Assisting Business Operators of Foodstuffs

29 June 2018

On 8 June 2018, a European Commission guidance on the EU law related to food labelling was published in the Official Journal. The name of the publication is the “Commission notice on questions and ans...Read More


Calls Made to Reform EU’s Ecodesign Rules and Oust Planned Obsolescence

29 June 2018

Hong Kong traders of electronics and other energy-related products will be interested in a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 31 May 2018 regarding the EU’s Ecodesign Directive, and comm...Read More


Sweden Investigates Banned Substances in Small Consumer Goods, and Labelling Compliance of Over 20,000 Mixtures Such As Detergents

29 June 2018

Earlier this summer, the Swedish Chemicals Agency published a report on its investigation into the contents of goods which are small enough for children to put into their mouths. These include mobile ...Read More


Official Journal Summary

29 June 2018

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/895 of 22 June 2018 amending Regulation (EC) No 340/2008 on the fees and charges payable to the European Chemicals Agency....Read More


Certain Commonly Used Plastic Products to Be Banned, Others to Require Marking and Face Other Measures

15 June 2018

On 28 May 2018, the European Commission published its much debated draft law targeting single use plastics (SUPs). The future law will, it is intended, ban a number of frequently used products – such ...Read More


Additional Duties on Large Number of US Products Imported into the EU to Begin Applying in July This Year

15 June 2018

On 6 June 2018, as part of the EU's response to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium products, the European Commission’s 28 highest ranking officials (the so-called “College of Commissioners”) endors...Read More


ECHA Launches Call for Evidence on Substances Found in, Among Others, Textile and Leather Articles

15 June 2018

On 21 May 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a call for evidence on the use of skin sensitisers, skin irritants and/or corrosive substances in textile and leather articles, hides and ...Read More


Possibility of Review and Extension of Existing Trade Defence Measures Against Solar Panels

15 June 2018

It is reported that European solar producers had until 3 June 2018 to file requests for the Commission to review the extension of trade defence measures on Chinese solar panels beyond the 3 September ...Read More

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